NURSING HOME CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ATTORNEY
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NURSING HOME NEGLECT AND ABUSE AFTER CONTRACTING COVID19
Nursing homes are designed to keep elderly adults safe at a time in their lives when they can no longer care for themselves. It’s horrifying to learn that some elderly adults are neglected while they are residents of nursing homes. Some have even become ill or died due to the coronavirus getting into their nursing home.
Although it’s not possible to prevent illness or death in every situation, a nursing home could be held legally responsible for the illness or death of a patient in their care due to negligence. If someone was harmed at a nursing home due to neglect on the part of the staff, the nursing home could be sued for the harm that an elderly resident suffered.
If you have questions about whether you should be thinking about filing a personal injury claim against a nursing home where your loved one was a resident, talk to an attorney at King Law Firm, about your case.
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When Can You Sue a Nursing Home for Neglect
Even before the coronavirus came to the U.S., you had the right to sue for nursing home abuse. Sadly, elderly adults are abused in nursing homes throughout the country. There are laws in place to protect the elderly, and most nursing homes have some procedures designed to protect elders from abuse.
Elder abuse takes many forms, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse, financial exploitation, and mistreatment or neglect. Neglect can include failure to provide adequate medical care or failure to respond appropriately to an emergency.
For example, several nursing home abuse claims came out of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans. When an emergency arises, you must respond appropriately and make the safety of the nursing home residents a priority. When nursing homes fail to protect their residents or neglect them in any other way, the nursing home could be sued.
These signs of potential abuse include:
Mental, physical, or financial abuse
Bedsores going untreated
Scalding water burns
Over or under medicating
Malnutrition or food starvation
Poor wound treatment
Pain and suffering
Contact a Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer in North Carolina
Neglecting an elderly resident of a nursing home is never okay—even in times of crisis. While most nursing home staff probably don’t want their residents to be harmed by the coronavirus pandemic, they need to make sure their actions are appropriate under the circumstances.